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't seen any cooling down in the anger of a lot of republican senators, particularly john mccain and lindsey graham and also some others. you know, what we saw this week is susan rice trying to make herself more palatable to these republican senators by seeking these meetings with several of them and all of them came out of these meetings more troubled than when they went in, even people such as susan collins of maine, who is known as a moderate and didn't seem to have a particular ax to grind on the whole benghazi thing going into that meeting. even, you know, a week ago mccain making some more conciliatory noises and now back where he started very opposed to this nomination saying kerry would be okay, but absolutely not susan rice. so, the administration will have a fight on their hands. >> but you would think that sheer optics of this would be enough to dissuade some members of the gop. you have a bunch of old white guys spending a couple days bashing, bashing a fairly popular black woman on national television for days. you would think all things considered at this point, lyn
critical of susan rice in the republican party in the senate, in particular john mccain and lindsey graham, if you look at the records of susan rice versus john kerry, you would assume that ideologically susan rice, a little bit closer to a mccain or a graham, a little more of an interventionist, if you will. think about where she was on libya. where john kerry, much more cautious, as many veterans are when it comes to military conflicts, when it comes to u.s. intervention. so i think that, you know, the president certainly was getting advice saying, this is going to be a tough lift. you can get her confirmed. but just keep that in mind. you've got a lot of issues to go through, congress. and if you don't think she is the best person over and above everybody else, ask yourself whether you want that kind of fight or not. so look, i think that susan rice handled this very well. and now his position -- the next big opening is hers. >> you're our political director, chuck. what does this do to the republican party? who got absolutely skewered in the last campaign, especially among voters who w
with senators john mccain, kelly ayotte, lindsey graham, susan collins. if the white house really wants to put her in the position and get her confirmed, they probably want to rip that band-aid off and do it soon. anything later might be tougher for her just because there's a drip drip of information that could end up hurting her candidacy. >> i want to plak a jokey joke moment between senator john kerry and senator mccain. >> senator mccain. >> thank you very much, mr. secretary. >> thank you very much, mr. president. this is what happens when you get two losers up here, folks. we're just having fun. >> they're just having fun. obviously, though, a little sensitivity. folks in d.c. wanted to be clear they know that was a joking moment. nevertheless you know folks when you hear these things they wonder what's next for senator kerry. >> one of the big parlor games is a lot of democrats believe that one of the reasons you had republicans go so hard after susan rice is they would prefer to see john kerry at secretary of state mainly because that would trigger a special election in massachusetts w
't. the thing that really killed it, they understood, john mccain, lindsey graham, kelly ayotte opposed her. the thing that killed it when she met susan collins who introduced her at her confirmation hearing and been a rise supporter and said there were serious questions about the nomination. at that point the handwriting was on the wall. bill: she is considered a moderate, if you have a good chance of getting through that would be the sign you have a chance but what graham just said, she was the most politically compliant person they could find, that's loaded. >> well i mean this goes back to what she said in the aftermath of those benghazi attacks when she said it wasn't a terrorist act. it was the result of spontaneous protests against that islamic video. we know that susan rice was picked in part because of her intense loyalty to president obama. not like she is the best-loved person in washington. it is the fact she has been with the president for quite a while. she was a clinton person and went with obama early in 2006 and 2007. there is a lot of loyalty there and the president could
of vitt real susan rice suffered after the television aappearances from john mccain and lindsey graham was disproportionate. she said stuff which she knew the intelligence was counter to and gets the briefings. the one that was responsible was hillary clinton at the head of the state department when it comes to the security. i think that it does go, though, to this broader issue of the administration's counterterrorism success or lack of success, because i think there was the fact that they were not looking at the deteriorating overall situation in libya shows they're only looking at individual attacks and suggests that they're not taking the whole picture of where al qaeda still is in communities. it's still there in libya. it's in mali. it's growing in syria. that kind runs against the message that we get orage the ws to put out it has had a successful run against counterterrorism because of the drone strikes. if you start to see al qaeda and libya and all the other countries, you have to start to question whether the policy is successful, right? >> all right. we'll be following this
. >> there are numerous republicans, john mccain, lindsey graham, a barraso who sates i would support john kerry as secretary of state who in their words would cruise through a nomination. and how would an affect if those two are in place? >> if you like what's in the last four years, you're going to get more of the same. deep defense cuts. if you had john kerry as secretary of defense. what we need is a strong secretary of defense, in spite of drawdowns and budget cuts is going to project strength. john kerry is not going to do that. he was against the gulf war, he was for the iraq war before he was against it, and he wanted to withdraw from afghanistan sooner than 2013. along those lines he's got a track record that sort of diminishes defense capability as opposed to building it up. we can't afford that. >> who would you like to see on this? >> i'm not in a position to make that kind of nomination. drastically different perspective than these two, and another piece on these they're differential to international institutions, u.n., criminal courts, that i think that diminishes american democrac
friendships on capitol hill. he is bipartisan. so people like lindsey graham and john mccain know him and respect him. so i think he will breeze through the confirmation. >> well, with that, i want to play a sound bite of both those two senators that you just mentioned, their reaction today to the choice. here it is. >> we have known john kerry for many years. we have confidence in john kerry's ability to carry out the job. >> i think senator kerry was a very solid choice by the president. he has a lot of experience. he has been on the foreign relations committee for a very long time. he knows most of the world leaders. >> the susan rice/benghazi witch-hunt, what is your reaction to that? >> keep in mind john kerry is barack obama's first choice. susan rice wasn't a choice. she got tied up into the politics of again gazi. but this is who the president like, believes in. kerry gave bohm that great nominating speech slot in 2004. but kerry has been able to be bipartisan in the true sense. he has been able to cut deals and work with senators -- senator mikulski is a friend of his from al
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